How To Clean Canvas Shoes: A Step By Step Guide

2022-05-11 08:55:34 By : Mr. Lewis Zhao

Everything you need to know to keep your sneakers in great condition.

If you're trying to work out how to clean canvas shoes, you've come to the right place.

Coming in an array of different styles, canvas shoes are almost always a staple among some of the best sneakers for summer.

So, with temperatures starting to rise, knowing how best to clean them is key information to ensure your shoes stay looking fresh.

Fortunately, we've put together this step-by-step guide to talk you through the process, including a few top tips along the way to ensure your sneakers are left in great condition.

Whether you're trying to clean a pair of Old Skool Vans, or getting your espadrilles ready for summer, we've got you covered right here.

The following is what we believe to be one of the most effective techniques for cleaning canvas shoes like these Converse Chuck Taylor All Star's.

For different types of materials, check out our guides to cleaning leather and suede shoes right here.

Step 1: Add a small amount of mild soap to warm water, then remove and soak your shoelaces in the mixture. Leave them here whilst you continue cleaning.

Top Tip: Adding a small amount of baking soda to the water can help clean white laces.

Step 2: Take a soft-bristled brush and scrub your sneakers to remove any loose dirt and debris, ensuring your shoes are dry beforehand.

Step 3: Combine a small amount of shoe cleaner, like this Angelus Easy Cleaner, with another bowl of warm water and dip a clean soft-bristled brush into the mixture. Use the shoe cleaner as per the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4: Gently work your way across the surface of your shoes with the brush until the dirt and stains have been removed.

Top Tip: An old toothbrush works well for cleaning any hard to reach areas.

Step 5: Once you're happy your shoes are clean, leave them to dry naturally. We'd then recommend applying a protective spray, like Crep Protect, in order to minimise how often you need to clean them.

Step 6: Remove your shoelaces from their soak and leave them to dry with your canvas shoes before relacing them. Check out our guide to lacing Vans and Converse shoes right here for our top tips.

Top Tip: Filling your shoes with old newspaper beforehand can help ensure your shoes maintain their shape whilst drying.

A lot of people turn to bleach to clean white shoes; however, we'd advise against it as it is a particularly harsh chemical that can permanently damage your sneakers if applied incorrectly.

We'd recommend using baking soda instead for stubborn stains.

Combine a tablespoon of warm water with one tablespoon of baking soda to make a paste-like mixture.

Use an old toothbrush to scrub the surface of your shoes in a circular motion using this paste. Once dry, your shoes should be a bright white colour once again.

It's important to treat your canvas sneakers carefully when cleaning as one wrong move or product could result in irreversible and permanent damage.

As mentioned in our guide to cleaning Jordan 1s, we'd strongly advise against ever cleaning your canvas shoes in a washing machine or dryer.

The intensity of the spin, water, and heat can damage the delicate material, often leading to the fabric wearing down and the stitching pulling apart.

Similarly, avoid soaking the canvas in too much water as this can weaken the fibres of the material over time.

We'd also advise against using any soap that contains harsh chemicals. The soap can dry out your shoes, and even stain them in some cases, which then leaves them permanently damaged.

We also suggest you avoid using direct heat or sunlight to speed up the drying process. Heat can cause your shoes to deform and sunlight can bleach certain coloured fabrics.

Finally, avoid using wired brushes or rough sponges because they can sometimes pull apart the threaded fabric and stitching which is difficult to fix thereafter.

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